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The latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spot features the red Sith Troopers as they take flight during battle. Not much is known about these elite fighters, but that mystery will be solved in five days. It's hard to believe, but the final installment in the Skywalker Saga is only days away from hitting theaters. Star Wars fans have been waiting two years to see how the sequel trilogy comes to an end, and J.J. Abrams has brought back some old characters, along with some new ones to finish off the story.
The red Sith Troopers are new to the Star Wars franchise. According to early promotional material, they fight for Kylo Ren and they can be seen doing so in The Rise of Skywalker TV spot as they take flight to avoid blaster shots and a downed X-Wing fighter. Even though their suits are pretty similar to a normal Stormtrooper, they appear to be more menacing, which is more than likely due to the red coloring. The red coloring is also reminiscent of the Emperor's Royal Guard, aka, the Imperial Royal Guard from Return of the Jedi.
As for the rest of the footage in the latest Star Wars 9 TV spot, it's mostly made up of things we've already seen, though the X-Wing going down is certainly new. With the Knights of Ren and the Sith Troopers, one has to wonder how much screen time these characters are going to receive. The Knights of Ren were not present in The Last Jedi and were only briefly seen in 2015's The Force Awakens. There's a lot going on and there's a lot of ground to cover, so one can't imagine the Sith Troopers will have much time on screen.
J.J. Abrams is back behind the camera for The Rise of Skywalker and he brought Emperor Palpatine with him. Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid was shocked to get a call from Abrams, asking him to reprise the role. George Lucas had previously considered the villain to be 'absolutely' dead in the franchise, and that's what McDiarmid thought too. However, Abrams has figured out a way to resurrect him, though we're not exactly sure how he did it.The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th and on the 19th for the early Thursday previews. The world premiere will take place tomorrow, with press screenings taking place in the days following. We're really in the endgame now, so if you don't want anything to be spoiled, now is really the time to take a break from certain sites and social media platforms. By tomorrow night, there will be spoilers everywhere and by Tuesday, the whole plot of the movie will be online. While we wait for the movie to hit theaters, you can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the official Star Wars YouTube channel.
A New Star Wars Movie is in the works. This comes after the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, which wrapped up the Skywalker saga. The plan has always been for Lucasfilm to continue the franchise beyond that, but precisely how they're going to do so remains a bit unclear. While we still have many questions, the picture just became a bit more clear, as filmmakers J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens have been tapped to develop a new entry in a galaxy far, far away.
According to multiple reports, the filmmakers will be penning a mysterious Star Wars movie, with few details available. One report says that the story may take place on the Sith planet of Exegol, which fans were introduced to in The Rise of Skywalker. However, that has also been refuted, so that should be taken with a grain of salt. Exegol is the planet where Kylo Ren encountered a resurrected Palpatine, and also the location that was used in the movie's climactic battle.
J.D. Dillard is known for his work directing movies such as 2016's thriller Sleight, as well as the horror flick Sweetheart, which debuted on Netflix last year and earned rave reviews. As for Matt Owens, he has worked with Marvel quite a bit in the past. Owens penned episodes of The Defenders, Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's not clear at this time if Dillard would direct the movie, should it receive the green light. It's also not clear at this time if this will end up as a theatrical release, or if it will be produced for the Disney+ streaming service.
This is one of several movie projects centered on the franchise that Lucasfilm is developing at the moment. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, signed on to helm a trilogy of movies in the franchise in 2017. Updates on that project have been few and far between, but it is still in the cards. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is also developing a Star Wars movie. Details on that project remain tightly under wraps as well, but we know that all of these projects will be diverting from the main storyline we followed in the saga movies.We've heard that Lucasfilm is developing projects in the High Republic era, which is set roughly 400 years before the events of the original trilogy. There are also abundant rumors of Old Republic stories, such as a Knights of the Old Republic movie and/or TV show. For now, Lucasfilm is remaining quite and they have some decisions to make, as both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker proved to be divisive in their own ways. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.
With The Rise of Skywalker now on home video, and with the novelization available, it seems like there is no better time to discuss some of the movie's big reveals, now that we've all had at least a little bit of time to digest them. Perhaps the biggest reveal comes, not just as the end of this movie, but the end of the whole Skywalker saga, with Rey taking on the name Skywalker. While this proved to be a controversial choice, author Rae Carson has a reasonably compelling argument to make in favor of it.
Rae Carson penned the Star Wars 9 novelization. During a recent interview, Carson discussed the whole Rey Skywalker thing and why she felt it was not only warranted, but the ultimate victory, as she describes it. Here's what Carson had to say.'When I was 18 years old, I took on the moniker of my stepfather to honor the bonds of love and trust between us. I imagine it was much the same for Rey, who wanted to honor her own chosen family. I recognize that Rey's decision proved controversial, and I look forward to discussing this with fans for years to come. But my current take is this: The entire Skywalker saga is about Palpatine turning or trying to turn Skywalkers to the dark side. He especially hopes that Rey will prove a worthy vessel for his own power and ambition and become the Skywalkers' final downfall. But in spite of all his efforts over the course of three generations, he fails. Rey rejects everything about him and takes on the Skywalker mantle and legacy. In the end, it's a Palpatine who turns to the light, thus handing the Skywalkers their ultimate victory.'
This is an argument that is easy to see both sides of. I understand that Rey's now-infamous 'Rey Skywalker' line left many fans feeling cold. I get it. But hearing Rey Carson's explanation feels compelling. Whether or not one feels the same way, it's hard not to at least see where she's coming from to some degree. We can argue about execution all day, and perhaps that's an argument for another time, but there is some emotional logic to it within the overall narrative.
J.J. Abrams directed Episode IX, having previously helmed The Force Awakens. The movie was intensely divisive amongst critics, but seemed to be less so with general audiences. Whatever the case, it wasn't the well-rounded home run Lucasfilm was looking for to round out the sequel trilogy. Still, it did bring in more than $1 billion at the global box office, making it yet another hit for the Disney era of Lucasfilm.
This did punctuate the Skywalker saga but more Star Wars movies are in the pipeline. At present, Disney has a release date locked down in December 2022. What will be there to fill that date? That is the million, or perhaps billion, dollar question right now. Whatever it ends up being, be it something in the Old Republic or something entirely new, just don't expect to see Rey Skywalker show up. This news comes to us via StarWars.com.
Giancarlo Esposito says he's taking his main inspiration from James Earl Jones' Darth Vader in The Mandalorian Season 2. Esposito's Moff Gideon is believed to be the big bad in the upcoming second season of the successful Disney+ series. At the end of season 1, Star Wars fans were introduced to the live-action version of the Darksaber, which is an ancient and unique black-bladed Lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. It's a pretty big deal and the actor admits he's already broken three props on the set, trying to look as cool as he can.
When it comes to joining the Star Wars universe, sword handling is going to more than likely come into play. Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Daisy Ridley, Ewan McGregor, and more have all had their fair share of time learning how to wield a Lightsaber, and it's not as easy as it looks, according to Giancarlo Esposito. The actor had a bit of a tough time at first, but took it all in stride. He explains.'I'm decent. I'm getting better. But you have to respect the power of it, the energy of it. It's long, dude. I've bopped myself three times already. Pop in the head, I'm like oh my God, what do I do? I start laughing. People look at me, they want me to be the expert right off the bat, because I'm the bad ass. But you know what? It takes practice. So we have long ones, we have short ones. Because sometimes they have to put it in. And guess what? I can say this? I can say it, I can say it. I'm going through it in my head, spoilers, blah blah blah. I can say it. I've broken three of those bad boys.'
The Darksaber props cannot be cheap to produce, so that may have been a bit of a problem on The Mandalorian set. We all know that the Child, aka Baby Yoda, props are ridiculously expensive to produce, so an ancient piece of Mandalorian history is more than likely costly. As for where Giancarlo Esposito is getting inspiration, he's gone right back to the source. He had this to say about playing the villain.'And then thinking about what that character is, you ask a lot of questions as I do, and then I thought immediately, 'Wow, James Earl Jones. Darth Vader.' How he affected me in my life. Who was inside that helmet, who was inside that costume. That could be a part of who Moff Gideon is, but guess what? I don't have to wear the helmet.'
The Mandalorian season 1 has been widely praised for bringing the Star Wars franchise back to its roots. While it's all new, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have made something very familiar at the same time and fans are very excited to see what happens in season 2. So far, Rosario Dawson has reportedly been cast as Ahsoka Tano and original Terminator star Michael Biehn is reportedly playing a mystery character.
While some new characters are going to be introduced, it is believed that season 2 of The Mandalorian will put a great focus on Moff Gideon and the Darksaber. It's unclear where this is...